Ross Township has converted Duquense Street Lighting to LED!
Through the Duquense Light LED Municipal Cobrahead Street Lighting Conversion Pilot Program, Ross now has converted forty high pressure sodium cobra head street light fixtures into an equivalent LED cobrahead fixtures.
There was a labor charge of $109.00 per LED installation, with the fixture covered by the program. Each fixture will save the Township approximately $24.00 per lamp every year, with total savings of about $960.00 every year. In about 5 years, the Township will have recovered the charge for the labor and continue to save money for the future.
It's not only about the monetary savings that are important with LED lighting. There are other advantages to LED lights, one being they have extremely long lives (100,000 hours!), which is complimentary to saving money. LED lights do not contain the harmful chemicals that the high pressure sodium street lights contain, thus expelling less heat. LED lights do not produce ultraviolet light, so bugs are not attracted to them.
Need more proof? In 2012, about 49 million LEDs were installed in the U.S. -- saving about $675 million in annual energy costs. Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
- Source: US Department of Energy